Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Module summary

Module code: CHEM1100
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s): Nichola Coleman


Pre and co requisites

Successful completion of Level 5 Chemistry.


This module aims to:
• Extend the descriptive chemistry of d- and f-block elements.
• Introduce the radiochemical and catalytic applications of the lanthanides and actinides.
• Expand the student’s awareness of the analysis and applications of organometallic compounds.
• Extend the student’s knowledge of preparation and processing techniques in solid state chemistry.
• Introduce inorganic cements for engineering and biomaterials applications.
• Introduce the student to special topics of current importance in inorganic chemistry.
• Foster the student’s communication and presentation skills.
• Provide the student with an opportunity to think independently, analytically and creatively.
• Provide the student with an opportunity to engage in new areas of investigation.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate enhanced knowledge of the Periodic Table gained at Levels 4 and 5 with respect to the 2nd and 3rd row transition metals and the lanthanides and actinides
2. Demonstrate an appreciation of the processing methods and analytical techniques available for the study of structures and mechanisms in inorganic chemistry
3. Display a knowledge of the chemistry of d- and f-block organometallic compounds and their commercial and industrial significance
4. Critically evaluate aspects of recent research in inorganic chemistry (including the ability to carry out computer-based literature searches)

Indicative content

• TRANSITION METALS: transition metal chemistry of the second and third row d-block elements, oxidation states and coordination numbers. Structure and bonding, magnetism, metal-metal bonding, mixed valence compounds, cluster compounds.
• ORGANOMETALLIC CHEMISTRY: organometallic chemistry of synthetic and industrial importance, sandwich compounds, fluxionality, synergic effect, insertion reactions, addition and elimination reactions, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis.
• LANTHANIDES AND ACTINIDES: lanthanide contraction, colours, oxidation states, coordination numbers and geometries of complexes. Magnetism and optical spectra of rare earth cations. Chemistry and applications of compounds containing rare earth cations.
• CEMENT CHEMISTRY: preparation, analysis and applications of Portland cements, acid-base cements and calcium phosphate cements.
• SOLID STATE PROCESSING: traditional sintering, glass-forming, hydrothermal synthesis and sol-gel processing.
• SPECIAL TOPICS IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY: a selection of two topics from the recent literature will be chosen each year. The topics selected will vary from year to year to reflect both the current research interests of the staff and recent important developments in inorganic chemistry.